Hadith of Jabir b. 'Abd Allah
Ḥadīth of Jābir (Arabic: حَدیث جابِر) is a hadith from Prophet Muhammad (s) to which the Shi'a appeal to demonstrate the imamate and specify their Imams (a). The hadith was transmitted by Jabir b. 'Abd Allah al-Ansari. In this hadith, the Prophet (s) explicitly mentioned the Twelve Imams (a) of the Shi'a as well as the title of the Fifth Imam.
Text of the Hadith
After the revelation of Uli l-Amr Verse, Jabir b. 'Abd Allah al-Ansari asked the Prophet (s): "O the messenger of God! We know God and His messenger; but we need to know the Uli l-Amr." The Prophet (s) replied: "they are my successors and the imams of Muslims after me. The first is Ali b. Abi Talib, and then Hasan, Husayn, Ali b. al-Husayn, and Muhammad b. Ali known in the Torah as "Baqir", whom you will see at an old age, and whenever you see him, send my regards to him. After Muhammad b. Ali, Ja'far b. Muhammad, Musa b. Ja'far, Ali b. Musa, Muhammad b. Ali, Ali b. Muhammad, Hasan b. Ali, and then his son who is my namesake and has the same kunya as mine. He is the one who will hide from people's view, and his occultation will be so long that only people with firm beliefs will continue to believe in him".
The Transmitter and the Content
The hadith was transmitted from the Prophet (s) by Jabir b. 'Abd Allah al-Ansari. Thus, it came to be known as Hadith of Jabir. The Hadith of Jabir explicitly mentions the Twelve Ima